Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hanle teaches Public Budgeting course

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Wisconsin state government veteran Bob Hanle is sharing his knowledge of public budgeting with La Follette School students this semester.

As an adjunct associate professor of public affairs, Hanle is helping his students understand budget preparation, adoption, and execution; proposed reforms of the budget process; and competing theories of the politics of budgeting.

"The course focuses on the expenditure aspect of budgeting," says Hanle, who spent 25 years with the Wisconsin State Budget Office where he specialized in issues related to elementary and secondary education, higher education and children and families. "By the end of this class, students should understand the roles of the major players in the budget process, the factors that influence budget decisions, the technical steps in preparing public budgets, and the steps in getting the budget across the finish line."

While at the Budget Office from 1986 to 2011, Hanle served five Wisconsin governors, from Anthony Earl to Scott Walker. Among the issues he worked on were the creation of the Department of Children and Families, the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, and the SAGE program to reduce class size in the early elementary school grades. In addition, he provided analytical support for a number of modifications to the state's school financing system and staffed several gubernatorial task forces.

Prior to the State Budget Office, Hanle spent eight years conducting program evaluations at the Legislative Audit Bureau. He started his professional career as an administrator and psychology instructor at Viterbo University in La Crosse, along with future La Follette School Outreach Director Terry Shelton.

In addition to teaching for the La Follette School, Hanle works as a part-time school policy and finance consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. He also teaches classes on the state budget process in the University of Wisconsin–Madison's Certified Public Manager Program.

Hanle received his undergraduate degree in physics from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and his master's and Ph.D. in education from Northwestern University.

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